I'm new here, I just received a call yesterday (Saturday) form my neurologist who reviewed by cervical MRI. He told me that I'll need ACDF as soon as possible and to be expecting a call from the surgeon office on Monday to review and schedule the surgery. He said that I have a spinal compression down to 3mm and the neurologist himself had ACDF when he had spinal compression of 5mm. I'm guessing the worst compression is smaller amount of 3mm. My wife and I are pretty shaken by this, we are generally pretty health in our mid 30s.
A quick background....I fell off the deck last year August; about a 3-4 foot drop; but all was fine after a couple of weeks. At first fingers numbness started in April and I went to the chiropractor for lower back pain; than my fingers numbness got worst and stop seeing him in lat May. Than I went to the neurologist and he recommended MRI. By the time I was going to schedule the MRI, I felt better, I had more sensation in my fingers, so I told them I felt better and not needing a MRI. I had a scheduled follow up with the neurologist a month later, they told me the result of my EMG was not good and should really get a MRI. That's pretty the background of the story; I have a two month old and a 6 year; I don't really want surgery...I don't really have any pain, I have good strength in all my limps, actually feeling pretty health. I only have numbness in the finger tips and left leg sometimes feel numb too.
I've been reading/Googling a lot about this and find myself back on this forum. Seem like there are many of you have similar experiences. Since I don't have pain, I'm not sure if ACDF is necessary? What do you all think?